Rumors of Tom Brady going to the Miami Dolphins have been whispered about in NFL circles during the last 12 months, but it surely was straightforward to jot down them off. It didn’t simply appear preposterous, however not possible. Why would Brady depart one of many strongest groups within the NFL to steer the hapless Dolphins? Now an image is being painted of a scheme involving Brady, Sean Payton, and Dolphins’ proprietor Stephen Ross that defies perception.
The plan would have seen Brady retire from the Buccaneers, Payton resign from the Saints, after which be a part of forces in Miami. Brady would take a high-ranking job as an government, serving as his foray from the sphere into the entrance workplace. After Tampa Bay had moved on, Brady would announce that he needed to return to soccer, pushing for Miami to make a commerce with the Buccaneers. This plan was first reported by Entrance Workplace Sports activities, however later confirmed by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who supplied extra data on the alleged plan.
Brady allegedly would have taken on a job with the Dolphins much like that of Derek Jeter with the Marlins, although it’s unclear if an possession stake would have been concerned as effectively.
This might be the actual clarification behind why the Dolphins fired Brian Flores, regardless of having success throughout his tenure with the group. Brady reportedly would solely agree to return to the Dolphins if the group had a tenured coach with expertise, which is the place Payton suits in. Nevertheless, firing Flores additionally served because the catalyst for this plan failing.
When Flores filed his lawsuit towards the Dolphins and the NFL it opened up Ross’ communications to discovery. That’s vital, as a result of it could have proven that the group had a plan in place to rent a white coach and a white group president, with out going by means of the Rooney Rule. This might have given tooth to Flores’ claims, so the deal was known as off, and Brady walked away.
With Brady nonetheless eager to play, however his plan to go to Miami derailed, he met with the Glazers throughout a Manchester United recreation — informing them that he needed to return to soccer.
The following day Brady introduced he was returning to the NFL, and rejoining the Buccaneers. In the meantime Miami moved ahead and employed Mike McDaniel from the 49ers.
We’re left with a weird scenario. None of that is actually actionable or punishable by NFL guidelines, as a result of it didn’t really occur — but it surely actually appears underhanded. Extra data on the scheme to deliver Brady and Payton to Miami might be revealed as Flores’ lawsuit towards the Dolphins and the NFL continues, with communication relating to personnel adjustments doubtlessly being introduced earlier than the courtroom.
Tom Brady, Sean Payton, and the Miami Dolphins haven't issued statements right now relating to the report.